Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Skyhole Challenge

This week's challenge is to paint a subject, preferably a tree as that was the example , showing the variety of and concentrating on the sky-holes.
This scene is of the Williamson River in Oregon with the colors of fall. It was taken last October.

8 x 8


Monday, August 25, 2014

Layers and layers

This little still life has layers and layers of paint.
I worked on it about 4 times and it also covered an old painting.
This one stays as I finally got the palette correct and the light.
Reflections are still a goal.

5 x 7


Wednesday, August 20, 2014


A very grey overcast foggy day at a local park for art class today.

Lots of reeds, cattails.

I got really close-up.

6 x 6


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Beautiful Blossom

This is my outdoor still life.
There was a very large bush with great lavendar
blossoms, actually clusters of berries.
Great light.

4 x 6

linen cloth (Senso)

Thursday, August 07, 2014

The shop revisited

Here is the progression of my day in class yesterday.  The bottom photo is the original where  you can see my notan and the strong lines of the structure. Done well but boring.

The middle photo is how I attempted to destroy boring by color. I got a very tropical feeling while using lots of color. Value mattered, not which color. And I really brought out the window that attracted me in the first place.  

The top photo is number three and the most successful one. It is the most sunlit which was an important element and very difficult  to capture. It has the strongest lines, the least effort. It just happened. Trial and error pays great dividends.

And once again a great painting experience.

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

The shop

What caught my eye about this shop building was the little window on the back wall which looks out onto a berry patch. The scene also  had interesting horizontals and verticals.

8 x 8


Sunday, August 03, 2014


The question posed is how would a rich blue background work?
I had such fun adding bits of green or orange to it.
Another step in the journey!

6 x 6